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Texas Legislature 2023

Gov. Greg Abbott is turning up the pressure on passing school choice. Will it pay off?

Passage of a school choice measure is anything but a sure bet, as there is little evidence that the governor has been able to convince rural Republicans in the Texas House — who have for years been a reliable firewall — to drop their opposition.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at  Parent Empowerment Night at Annapolis Christian Academy in Corpus Christi on Jan. 31, 2023 to discuss parent empowerment and choice in their child's education.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Both Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options. Students, educators, activists and parents marched on the south lawn to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week.

Abbott’s evolution

The rural Republicans

A woman holds a sign reading "No Vouchers" outside Denton Calvary Academy on March 27, 2023.
A crowd gathers outside Denton Calvary Academy before Gov. Greg Abbott delivers a speech on March 27, 2023.
Gov. Greg Abbott departs Denton Calvary Academy after his speech
on March 27, 2023.

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